November 12, 1945 (20th Parliament, 1st Session)

PC

John Ritchie MacNicol

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacNICOL:

Would- the minister consider what might be a suitable type of programme at t'he ceremonies that are held around war memorials such as the cenotaph or the Cross of Sacrifice? I have seen quite a number of these ceremonies -and some have been most impressive, while others were not so much so. Yesterday I saw one that impressed me greatly. One part in particular was most impressive, and that was the sounding of the Last Post, and the firing of the salute. Four bars of "Nearer My God to Thee" were played before the rifles were fired, and another four bars between each blast of the rifles, or sixteen bars altogether before the three blasts had been fired. It was soul-stirring and inspiring, and if the minister has not given consideration to such programmes it might be worth while doing so. Many beautiful old-time hymns and sacred songs that have come down to us through the ages could be incorporated in such a programme, such as "Lead Kindly Light," "Abide With Me," "O Valiant Hearts" and others equally soul-inspiring. Has the minister considered anything along that line?

Topic:   WAR CHARITIES ACT
Subtopic:   INCLUSION OF IVAR MEMORIALS AS PROJECTS ACCEPTABLE FOR REGISTRATION
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